Garden Blooms

Most of the time my gardens look better in my mind. irisIn my own theoretical universe I shower them with time and attention and they reward me with a constant show of blooms.

clematis And sometimes the beauty of reality puts my dreams to shame.


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It’s foggy, misty, rainy and muddy in that way where the damp and chill seeps right to your and white foggy orchard

But inside the greenhouse the peas are blooming!pea blossom

As I experiment and learn in the greenhouse I may not yet have figured out how to make much of a meal for the family during the dark days of winter but there is no better food for the soul on a day like today than green, growing plants.

The Celery Growers

Early this spring the girls were with me in the greenhouse helping to plant the celery seeds.Celery sprouts

They had their hands in the dirt as we transplanted the young plants into the garden and were eager to man the hose and help water them through the early summer.  Once the celery was ready to be harvested they took over chopping it all by themselves so that I could freeze it for this winter.


But, despite what the “experts” say, I’ll bet you a doughnut they won’t touch it when they see it floating in their soup this winter.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patternshosta from below

I’ve never been a fan of hostas.

Their huge leaves look overly tropical and out of place nestled under pine trees. Their mounds of foliage jump out and grab your attention – in the most boring greenish way possible. I suppose I understand how the leaves can be attractive- until Japanese Beetles attack and all you have left are attention grabbing, pillowy mounds of weird, tropical looking plants riddled with holes awaiting an imminent frost that will turn them into giant, brown piles of mush…

I’ve never been a fan of hostas.

But, the new house came with shade.

Lots of shade.

My hosta hating self is now the proud owner of lots of shade and lots of hostas.

But you know… if you take a picture from underneath the leaf, give it a bit of pick-me-up in Photoshop, then turn the whole thing upside down… I almost like it.

Of course it no longer looks much like a hosta.

In fact it almost reminds me of a water slide.

I have always been a fan of water slides!

Tiny Spiders

Yesterday baby spiders hatched in my window box and my spinach was covered with the tiny spiders on spinach There were tiny spiders and tiny webs spiders

Clara picked up a handful and they flowed out of her hand on their tiny webs like water in slow motion.

Today they have vanished to wherever it is that baby spiders go and my spinach was spider free when I picked it for dinner.

one baby spider